I am a huge fan of taking full advantage of the discounts and special events available on base! There are lots of free and cheap ways to have an on-base date night! These are my Friday 5!
Take in a movie on base.
Josh and I love to go see movies together, but a trip to the theater out in town will run you $40 bucks for tickets, popcorn, and drinks for two. Add in a dinner and a couple beers, and you could easily drop 100 bucks on one night out! Instead we choose a movie from the theater on base. For less than $20, we can buy tickets, popcorn, and soda for us both and save money for a special dinner another time.
*** Sometimes the base theater will also do “sneak peeks.” These are early release showings of movies, and they’re always FREE! Woohoo!
Exercise is not exactly my jam and certainly isn’t my favorite date night idea, but there is something pretty great about heading out for a run with my sailor. The gym is always free, or you could take a kick-butt class together for a few bucks. I actually like hitting the (completely free) track with my sailor. We always seem to have the best, most open and honest conversations after a good run!
Check out MWR for couples’ nights.
Earlier this year, Josh and I bought tickets to a comedy show on base that included a dinner. For 20 bucks a piece, we scarfed some delicious burritos and laughed our butts off for a few hours. Performers come to bases often so make sure you know what events are coming up at your base. I follow our local Fleet and Family on Facebook to hear about the latest events so we can pick and choose when our next date night will be.
Lunch dates are cheaper.
I like to meet my sailor on base for lunch every now and then. Sometimes I bring lunch with me, and we meet at the park on base. Other times we share a sandwich from the commissary deli (cuzohmygoshtheyrethebest!) outside in the sunshine. Somehow lunch dates seem special and definitely brighten up my day!
Hit the lanes.
Okay … I’ll be honest here and tell you we’ve never gone bowling together as a date night. I hate bowling, but it’s cheap and easy and lots of people really enjoy it. Our base runs specials on Sundays and holidays for 50 cent games so really how can you pass that up?
Dating your spouse is sooo important. It is vital to have some time away from the kids, away from work, apart from everything else just to enjoy being together. When you’re making date plans don’t forget to see what your base has to offer!